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If you or a loved one have diabetes, then you know it can be a daily struggle. If you have ever witnessed a loved one whose blood sugar was too high or too low, then you know it can be a terrifying experience. Diabetes, after all, is number seven on the leading causes of death. The disease is responsible for countless emergency room visits each year.
Since it is National Preparedness Month, we thought we’d talk about creating a “go-bag” for your family. This is a bag that is filled with potentially life-saving essentials. If something happens you’re ready to “go” but you can also “shelter in place” using the items to sustain you.
- Protein bars and water for 72 hours – enough for your entire family.
- A first aid kit including emergency first aid instructions.
- A flashlight, flares, matches and an emergency candle.
- Crank-operated radio for emergency communications.
- A backup battery for your cell phone & batteries for your flashlights.
- Water purifying tablets.
- Emergency ponchos and blankets.
- Extra prescription medicine that anyone in your family relies upon.
These are just a few ideas to get you started. Be creative, think about your family’s unique needs and be sure to get everyone involved – after all, an emergency is truly a whole-family situation!
Do you worry about your kids being bullied at school? My girls are adults, so I haven’t thought about this for a while, but a recent study found 8-of-10 parents are worried their children might get bullied.1
There is cause for concern when 22% of students ages 12-18 were bullied at school; and 20% of high school students say they were bullied on school property at least once in the past 12 months.2
Bullying can be direct (happening in the presence of the targeted person) or it can be indirect (accomplished by spreading rumors and telling others to exclude the targeted person). It can be physical, verbal or relational (social isolation, rumor spreading, posting of embarrassing images, etc.).
Kids with special health needs—such as diabetes, epilepsy or food allergies—may have a higher risk of being bullied. One of the reasons why N-Style ID created medical jewelry that is stylish and fun is to help minimize the stigma of health concerns. Continue reading
Note: Camille was the inspiration for the development of N-Style ID in 1999. Camille is my daughter and when she was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes at age 10, we tried to find a medical ID bracelet that would look fashionable instead of institutional. Our search turned up only a few options and none of them were stylish. That is when I started making medical ID jewelry for kids and adults to be proud to wear. I hope you enjoy all of the fashionable medical ID jewelry we provide.
At 28, Camille says she is feeling the healthiest she has ever been and she is very in tune with her body. Camille has Type 1 Diabetes. About 5 months ago, she decided to try using an insulin pump, and she says it a huge improvement over giving herself shots. “It is so much easier to control my blood sugar with the pump,” said Camille.
An insulin pump is a small computerized device that adheres to the skin and injects insulin into the fatty tissue. Insulin is delivered in steady measured doses called the basal rate. When needed, a surge (or bolus) dose can be made—usually around mealtime.
All month long, people have worn purple, buildings have been illuminated in purple and social media photos have carried purple banners. This is all to bring awareness during Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month.
Alzheimer’s is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States and, unfortunately, there is no cure. (1) Now, more than ever, families are faced with providing care for a family member with the disease. Continue reading